Become a Member


What we do

The BGA, founded in 2003, offers its members a variety of exceptional educational opportunities including the BGA Barista Certification Program. Courses toward BGA Certification Levels 1, 2, and 3 are available at SCAA Skill-Building Workshops throughout the year and at the SCAA Annual Exposition. SCAA’s Regional Barista Competitions and the annual United States Barista Championship (USBC) provide excellent year-round networking opportunities for BGA 2 Specialty Coffee Association of America members and a venue for refining the industry’s cutting-edge trends in coffee preparation. The BGA is led by an annually elected Executive Council of 7 members, providing vision in standardizing educational tracks for those seeking a career in specialty coffee, and increasing awareness of the skill involved in crafting the perfect coffee beverage.  The Barista Guild focuses on enhancing coffee quality, promoting craftsmanship and cultivating a sophisticated “public face” for the industry.

Why we do it

With your support and involvement, the Barista Guild of America will continue to push the envelope of what’s possible with coffee preparation and service, develop and support Barista focused events in the industry, provide a network for passionate coffee professionals, and be a vital advocate for the future of the Barista as a highly skilled, trained professional career.